Highmark Resources

Driveway Installation Bend, Oregon

Get Your Driveway Done the HMR Way.

Driveway service often gets overlooked when homeowners embark on increasing the curb appeal of their houses. A beautiful flower garden and fresh exterior paint certainly can do wonders, but it can’t hide an ugly, faded, cracked and gravelly driveway sticking out like a sore thumb. A driveway takes up a lot of space on your property, so if you want curb appeal, you’ll want an attractive driveway. And if you have a brand-new home that needs to have its first driveway installed, you want to make sure to get a high-quality driveway that will still look beautiful in the years to come.

Despite the large equipment we often use, we can do very precise work and maneuver in smaller areas. Sure, you want a space cleared and flattened for a driveway, but only for a driveway—not your entire front yard! Our professional crews are courteous and can work within smaller areas. We can clear vegetation or brush from the site, flatten, level and grade the path for the driveway and prepare it for a smooth installation. Getting your driveway done the Highmark Resources way means you get nothing but the best.

For construction sites, we can also create access drives for equipment and machinery.


The Best Driveway Materials

There are four main materials used for driveways:

  • Gravel
  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Pavers

Each one has its pros and cons:


Highmark Resources has years of experience in excavation and grading services for new structures, buildings, roads, pavements, parking lots, lakes, ponds and many other improvements. We manage every project with a professional plan to ensure efficiency in cost, scheduling and safety.

Our services with the excavation, hauling, placement, moisture conditioning, compaction and grading of dirt materials to meet designed elevations and contours for new structures and other improvements Bend, Oregon. We are prepared to provide services for nearly any construction project and has experience working on projects, both large and small, all-over Oregon. Our earth moving experience includes residential, commercial, industrial and municipal.


Concrete is the second cheapest material for driveways, typically costing $2 to $4 per square foot for a plain, uncolored concrete. Concrete is easily customizable, and you can have your concrete driveway stamped to look like pavers were used or have a unique color added to the concrete mix if you can afford these extra bits of flair.

Concrete is generally tough and low-maintenance, and it will be especially easy to maintain if it is installed correctly by professionals like the Highmark Resources team. If the ground underneath a concrete driveway is inadequately prepared before the concrete is poured, the concrete could crack later on as the ground settles and shifts or as strong, invasive tree roots wedge up and under the surface. Typically cracks of this nature are aesthetic in nature and do not majorly affect the safety or stability of the driveway. Once you have a concrete driveway professionally installed, it should last for over 30 years.


Asphalt is a popular option for driveways because it is less susceptible to cracking and staining than concrete. Asphalt is an impermeable material and thus unaffected by chemicals that may come into contact with its surface, like oil or road salt. It also is very durable in the face of extreme weather and is unlikely to erode from heavy rains or to crack from ice.

The price of an asphalt driveway can vary considerably depending on whether brand-new or recycled asphalt is used. The maintenance of an asphalt driveway varies somewhat as well. On the bright side, it is very easy to fix any blemish that might occur in an asphalt driveway, because a new layer of asphalt is simply added to the top. However, in order to remain resilient, asphalt driveways need to be resealed every few years, which is an important factor to consider when deciding which driveway is right for your budget. The typical asphalt driveway lasts for about 20 years.


Pavers are the fourth and most expensive option for driveway materials. They provide a timeless, classy look to a driveway, offering the best combination of form and function. Like concrete, pavers offer a wide range of customization. You can choose different colors and shapes, then have them installed in an intricate design. Who said sidewalk chalk was the only way a driveway could count as art?

Pavers themselves come in different materials, including concrete, brick and stone. The material you choose will influence how durable and how expensive your paved driveway will be. There are even some manufacturers taking pavers to the next level, offering glow-in-the-dark options and other unique features. Some pavers are permeable, meaning that water can pass through and into the ground below, which could be a useful option if you are concerned about water conservation or if your area is prone to flash floods. Depending on the features you choose, having a paved driveway installed could cost as little as $5 per square foot or as much as $50 per square foot.

New Driveway Cost

The cost of your new driveway depends on a number of factors, such as how much site prep work is needed (demolition of existing driveway, land clearing, land grading, etc.), the total square footage of the proposed driveway and the desired material. Gravel is the cheapest material for a driveway, for example, but a stone-paved driveway is among the most expensive. Give us a call today for an estimate on the cost of your new driveway.